The Makeup Show Pop Up: Atlanta, June 18th and 19th 2016

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If you know me, you know I love to learn. I’m always taking classes to enhance my existing skills and learn from more knowledgeable people. That’s why I was so excited about The Makeup Show pop up shop that is coming to ATL this weekend! Besides being able to buy all the popular makeup brands’ products at heavily discounted rates, there are also seminars with top artists in the industry and a few meet and greets with industry leaders. Tickets are available to purchase (and are only $25!) HERE. The show is open to the public! If seminars and shopping isnt enough, you can always take hands on workshops with some of the artists there. There is an additional cost to that, and you can check the event schedule to get class timings.

 

The show is taking place both Saturday and Sunday from 11-6 and 10-5 respectively, at the Westin Buckhead: 3391 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Some of the brands you can look forward to shopping at include: Nars, Becca, Ben Nye, ABH, Skindinavia, Temptu, Makeup Forever, Inglot and more!

 

Be sure to purchase tickets today while you still can!

 

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

Hi everyone!

I was anticipating the arrival of the new Nars foundation for quite some time, and when I finally had the chance to try it out, I jumped all in. I wasn’t expecting a miracle due to the fact that the sheer glow (also by Nars) no longer works on me and I had pretty much given up on the possibility of any foundation being a holy grail after the MUFE mat velvet due to my oily skin woes. However, this foundation is a game changer. I wear the shade Syracuse for reference.

Reasons…?

It is the THINNEST consistency FOUNDATION I have ever used, and it still has an insane amount of coverage. I would say its medium/full to full coverage. You only need one pump for your entire face- and this pump only dispenses a small amount, not the amount most pumps dispense! Not only that, it has the most gorgeous, luxurious velvet texture to it that makes it photograph really well, and looks like real skin. Once you apply it, it doesn’t look slippery or “wet” or “sticky” and therefore does not have to be powdered- thats a personal preference. 

Also, its been wearing really well on my oily skin. I get about 5 hours of wear without any shine at all, and when it does start to shine, its the good, non oily kind. I find myself having to blot only after 7-8 hours, and thats only because I like it to be 100%..but honestly, its not a must. I do wear a translucent powder over it regardless. 

And lastly, it photographs beautifully!!

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They are $48/piece, and have a frosted glass, thin shaped rectangular bottle with a matte cover

Luminous Foundation Photographed in Yellow Light

Artificial, yellow light indoors

Luminous Foundation Photgraphed Under Soft Lighting

 Picture taken under a soft light (lighting equipment)

Luminous Foundation in Natural Light Photography

This picture is taken with natural light streaming in from the window

Luminous Foundation in Flash Photography

This picture was taken outdoors with flash photography

Pros:

– Need a very small amount for full face (bottle will last for a long time)

– Looks and feels luxurious

– Absolutely weightless

– Does not separate on oily skin

– No oxidization

– Color range

– Photographs very well

– Luminous finish that is wearable on oily skin

Cons:

– Price

Overall Grade: A+

Don’t forget to leave all your comments and feedback below! And take a look at my video review of the Luminous Weightless Foundation! =)



Glossier Phase 1 Review

Hi everyone!

welcome to my re designed blog! I’m so glad you’re here, and hope that you find something that keeps you coming back for more. As you guys know, I have a youtube channel on which I talk about all things beauty and fashion related. Here, I wanted to link some of the video info with more in depth pictures and quick little blurbs about the products. All the below posts are from my old blog (in case you guys were wondering how you already knew those things)!

Today I am going to be reviewing the Glossier Phase 1 set that everyone is talking about! I was so excited to try out this product, and I honestly absolutely love it. Watch my video for the full review, but below are some pictures.

Everything for the Glossier Phase 1 set came in a white box. In that white box were stickers, a tote, and pink bubble wrapped zip locs. In that were the products.

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I mixed the “medium” and “dark” shades to get my shade. They say the skin tint has a color fitting technology which enables it to take to all skin tones and adjust accordingly. For me, the medium was too light as you can see above, and the dark was a bit too dark. Good thing though- it doesn’t oxidize so it won’t change color after being worn.

Glossier Skin Tint Blend

  Here is my hand after I blended the skin tint in. While it doesn’t “cover,” it has blurred out imperfections a bit.

Blended Skin Tone
Here is my hand without any product, for comparison.

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Glossier Skin Blend Final Look
All done!! Here is the finished product- pretty much undetectable on my skin, but so natural!

Watch my video review below!


Pros:

– portable

– great packaging that can’t break, cutesy with the stickers

– lightweight “creme” great for even oily skin. It moisturizes really well and has helped get rid of my dry spots

– skin tint virtually looks un detectable on my face, yet helps to blur out imperfections

– balm dot com dries to a matte finish so no greasy residue

– everything is fragrance free except for the rosewater spray

Cons:

– price

– rosewater spray burns my eyes for some reason

– too few colors in the skin tint range. Could stand to add a “deep” shade

Overall Grade: A

 

Would you guys buy Glossier? Why or why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments (click on the word “comments” to do this) down below! Thanks for visiting!

Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

I was in NYC last week to attend a makeup workshop by renowned makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic aka Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist. I suffered some burns on my face after using a personal microdermabrasion system and wanted to find a foundation/concealer with the heaviest coverage I could find to cover up the scabs. Mario mentioned at his workshop that Kevyn Aucoin has the best foundations around- and being that I haven’t seen this brand in Atlanta, I decided to splurge and get it from Henri Bendel in New York.

First Impressions:
– Looks like a creamy, whipped concealer
– Great shade range
– Cute packaging
– Smells great

After Swatching:
– OMG you only need the TINIEST and I mean TINY amount to get flawless coverage
– Dried matte
– My skin breathed through

After Using For a Week:
– Best foundation/concealer I have ever used
– I used this as a foundation all over my skin and got the best coverage I have ever gotten, while still looking natural
– Great oil control
– This jar will last me forever!
– Great concealer for under eye area to brighten

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PROS:
– Great coverage
– Makes skin still look like skin
– Great at brightening under the eye
– Great oil control properties
– Great color range for most people
– Creamy

CONS:
– I have to mix 11 and 13 to get my foundation shade
– Creased under my eyes

Overall Rating: A

Mac Matchmaster Foundation Review

Hello Hello my lovelies!
I went to Vegas in September and snatched up MAC’s latest foundation: The Matchmaster. I wasnt looking for it to impress or really be something that I’d like, I just needed a foundation for nighttime that would replace the one I forgot to bring from home.

First Impressions:
1) Good color range- though there are only 14 shades, I felt like the range of colors encompassed every skin tone.
2) No overbearing undertone! HUGE plus!
3) Much bigger bottle than any of the other MAC foundations

After Swatching:
1) Thick, creamy texture, did not feel like a liquid foundation
2) Blended seamlessly, giving a no makeup look
3) Good pump that was able to dispense just how much I wanted, never producing too much product
4) I settled on color 6.0

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REVIEW:
This foundation has really impressed me. Not only is it more bang for your buck with the larger bottle, but the formula has won me over. Like most MUA’s, MAC foundations are not the ones we usually turn to for photography, and for the normal consumer, most MAC foundations tend to look cakey, and like too much makeup on the face. This product however, really lets real skin breathe through, and doesn’t go on like a mask. That being said, the formula is very thick- I almost want to call it a cream foundation because it does not go on as liquidy as a liquid foundation does. Still, it does not feel heavy on the skin and does not look like most cream foundations do.

Another pro- MAC has infused this formula with a natural oil absorbing agent, which helps my oily skin tons! I honestly dont remember the last time I had to blot my face. It sets with a matte finish, (some people say semi matte but to me it looks matte) and for people with combination skin, I wouldnt even suggest to powder it. Yes, thats because that natural oil absorber really works its butt off! Great, great formula for oily skin. However, I did notice that it doesn’t photograph as well as foundations without an SPF. BUT, its normal for SPF carrying foundations to look a bit gray in pictures.

My favorite perk- the fact that the undertone is so barely there that it matches to both yellow and pink toned people! I have naturally light pink tones, but usually use neutral or yellow toned foundations to help neutralize my skin, and with this foundation I have not had to do that. MAC has also released a color wheel to help match people since this foundation range does not have the typical NW or NC naming, rather it goes from 1-10. This might confuse people, but I find this foundation formula to be forgiving in that it is okay to get a shade up or down from your normal, because it will settle into your skin and adapt to your coloring.

I will say, I am highly impressed with the fact that the foundation doesnt look heavy on the skin at all. In fact, it is one of my ONLY foundations that does not look like I have anything on! DISCLAIMER- I have been using the Clarisonic for about 1.5 months, and have noticed that products soak into my skin much easier. Maybe that is the reason for this foundation to go on like nothing and feel like skin. Another perk- For all my ladies who have struggled with hyperpigmentation resulting in grayish skin after putting on foundation, I have noticed that this foundation doesnt do that! Gray skin, goodbye!

This foundation has become my go to for every day, as long as I am not being photographed. I dont think it looks BAD in pictures, but its not my favorite for that purpose.

Below is a picture for Matchmaster matching purposes. Enjoy!

Mac Matchmaster Foundation